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Obama names Indian-American woman as Boston judge

Washington, Sep 25 (IANS) US President Barack Obama has nominated yet another leading Indian American lawyer, Indira Talwani, as a judge in the US District Court in Boston, Massachusetts.

Talwani is Obama’s third South Asian judicial nominee after Vince Chhabria and Manish Shah, both awaiting Senate confirmation. Once confirmed, she would be the first South Asian judge in the First Circuit.

Currently, Indira Talwani is a partner at Segal Roitman LLP in Boston, where she focuses her practice on civil litigation at the state and federal trial court and appellate levels.

“These individuals have demonstrated the talent, expertise, and fair-mindedness Americans expect and deserve from their judicial system,” said Obama in nominating her along with another judge for the District of Massachusetts.

“I am grateful for their willingness to serve and confident that they will apply the law with the utmost impartiality and integrity,” he said.

“Both nominees… are talented and highly respected practitioners with diverse professional backgrounds, strong ties to the community, and impressive legal careers,” said Elizabeth Warren, Democratic Senator from Massachusetts commenting on the appointments.

Prior to joining Segal Roitman LLP in 1999, Talwani was a partner at the San Francisco law firm now known as Altshuler Berzon LLP from 1996 to 1999 and an associate at that firm from 1989 to 1995, according to the White House announcement.

She began her legal career as a law clerk for Judge Stanley A. Weigel of the US District Court for the Northern District of California from 1988 to 1989.

Talwani received her J.D. in 1988 from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, and her B.A. cum laude in 1982 from Harvard College.

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